André Baranowski

Italian for “little toasts”, crostini make versatile appetizers. Just about anything will taste delicious on a little piece of good bread. We’ve rounded up our favorite crostini recipes.

Seafood makes a lovely crostini topping. Try pairing marinated fresh sardines with a chive salsa verde and a zesty lemon and fennel salad on ciabatta or garlicky shrimp with rosemary cooked in bacon drippings and served on multigrain bread.

For something meatier, try our chicken liver spread made with anchovies, vin santo, and sautéed vegetables. Or try pairing salty prosciutto with cavolo nero, a hearty kale.

Many of our favorite crostini are vegetarian. In one, goat cheese is paired with a tangy-sweet tapenade made with dried figs, kalamata olives, and capers. For a light, simple Spanish-style crostini, top your bread with grated tomato and sea salt. Or top garlic-rubbed toast with creamy ricotta, rosemary-accented beans, and spicy sautéed broccoli rabe.

Ricotta is a wonderful topping for crostini. It’s great spread onto good bread, but even better in a few simple pairings. Lemon zest, olives, and mint make for a briny and refreshing crostini. Soppressata and cherry tomatoes each pair wonderfully with ricotta, as well.

Find all of these crostini and more in our collection of great crostini recipes!


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Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade

A tangy-sweet tapenade made with dried figs, kalamata olives, and capers is the perfect foil for mild goat cheese in this easy appetizer. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade »

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini

For this simple appetizer, shrimp are sautéed in smoky bacon fat and served on grilled bread with rosemary.

Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress

Roasting beets and puréeing them with a little balsamic vinegar makes a sweet, earthy spread that’s a perfect base for slices of smoked salmon and peppery watercress.

Spanish-Style Toast with Tomato (Pan Con Tomate)

All you need for this simple Spanish snack is good-quality olive oil, bread, garlic, a ripe tomato, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Pickled celery balances the subtleness of fromage blanc in a simple and elegant canapé.

Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini

Sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy come together on little toasts, which pair cubes of sweet potato with a flavorful spread featuring lemon zest, capers and sour cream. Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini »

Cavolo Nero and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Cavolo nero, also known as Tuscan kale, Lacinato kale, or Dinosaur kale, balances thinly sliced, salty prosciutto over toast. Get the recipe for Cavolo Nero and Prosciutto Bruschetta »

Black Olive Tapenade

Tapenade, the traditional Provençal condiment made with black olives, is a versatile staple. Delicious when spread on little toasts for an aperitif, a spoonful also makes a great accompaniment to grilled fish or any kind of roast. The tapenade can also be thinned with olive oil and drizzled or used as a base for vinaigrette.Get the recipe for Black Olive Tapenade »

Ricotta Crostini with Soppressata

Creamy, luscious cows’ or sheep’s milk ricotta pairs beautifully with grilled, toasted, or fried slices of crusty bread for a simple and rustic crostini. Get the recipe for Ricotta Crostini with Soppressata »

Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes

Ripe cherry tomatoes add sweetness to crostini topped with fresh ricotta.